Eastbourne, East Sussex, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

Birling Gap

Birling Gap beach, located on the southern coast of England, is a picturesque pebble beach nestled below the magnificent Seven Sisters cliffs. Situated between the renowned seaside resorts of Eastbourne and Seaford, and approximately 100 kilometers south of London, it offers a tranquil escape from the bustling city life. It was awarded the Blue Flag in 2005.

Access to Birling Gap beach is convenient, with the charming Sussex village of East Dean providing a gateway to this natural beauty. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant stroll or drive through the village to reach the beach. To get to Birling Gap from London, take a train to Eastobourne, and to get there from Eastbourne, take the 12 Coaster Bus from Eastbourne Station, or take a nice, but a bit longer, walk. Additionally, the National Trust Visitor Centre cafe, located at Birling Gap, offers refreshments and restroom facilities for the convenience of beachgoers.

While exploring the beach and cliffs, it is important for visitors to exercise caution. The natural features of Birling Gap, including the cliffs, can be hazardous due to erosion and frequent cliff falls. It is crucial to respect the warning signs and guidance provided by the local authorities to ensure personal safety.

Plentiful parking is available near Birling Gap beach, allowing visitors to easily access the area by car. This convenience makes it a popular destination for those seeking a day trip from nearby towns or even from London.

The western portion of the beach permits nudist activity, offering a specific area for those who prefer a clothing-optional experience. On the other hand, the eastern area of the beach is home to Beachy Head, the tallest chalk sea cliff in the United Kingdom. Standing at an impressive height of 162 meters above sea level, Beachy Head presents a magnificent sight for nature enthusiasts and provides a stunning backdrop to the beach.

What to do at Birling Gap?


Birling Gap amenities include parking and toilet.


You can enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the bars situated on the beach.


You can enjoy one of the restaurants at the beach while soaking up the sun.

Visitor Reviews

Visitor reviews highlight that the beach is a great place to spend time with family and to chill out during summers. The beach offers great views of the Seven Sisters and the light house. However, visitors complain about the parking fees and crowds that pile up during the day.

Where is Birling Gap?

Latitude: 50.7431648 / Longitude: 0.2010491

Birling Gap is located in Eastbourne. The following map of Birling Gap shows the exact location.

Where to Stay near Birling Gap?

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